What questions should I be sure to ask?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Career counselor Karen Chopra recommends a few questions to ask in an interview to find out about the working environment.

    Host: What question should I be sure to ask?

    Karen James Chopra: You want to ask as many questions as you want to, to understand exactly what you are going to be doing when you get into the job. So what the day to day duties are for the position? What the top responsibilities are for that position? How much time you are expected to spend on each of the key responsibilities for the position? Who you report to? Who is going to report to you? Who are you going to be working with on the team? You also want to ask questions about why the position is open, if there was somebody who was in the job before you, you want to make sure to ask, "What happened to the previous incumbent? Why is the job open?

    " If the previous incumbent has moved on to another job, you might say, "How long was the previous incumbent in this position?

    " If the answer is, "Oh, three months or six months," you might say, "Well, how long was the person before that in the position?

    " If the answer is, "Three months or six months," you might start to wonder about what's going on with this position that people aren't staying? So ask about who came before you in this job and what happened to them. If the position is new and no one has ever been in this position before, ask why it was created. This will give you a lot of information about what problems they are trying to solve with the position and allows you to interview strongly by demonstrating that you are the best fit for that particular need or problem.